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2 arrested for cheating
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 11
The local CIA staff has arrested a truck driver, identified as Tarsem Singh, a resident of Samrala, and his helper Amandeep Singh of Patiala, allegedly for cheating an industrialists of Mandi Gobindgarh.

HS Mann, SSP, said Naresh Kumar, owner of Sapna Steel Industry, Mandi Gobindgarh, had complained that he had hired a truck from Khalsa Transport Company on March 17 for the delivery of consignment of iron and steel to Khalsa Iron Store, Saheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and the truck driver was asked to get worth Rs 5.10 lakh from the owner of Khalsa Iron Store but he instead of handing over the money to him shared the money with his helper.

The SSP said the truck driver purchased a new truck and the helper kept the cash with him. The police have recovered the truck and Rs1.60 lakh cash from them.



Snatching cases on rise
Our Correspondent

Ambala, October 11
Snatching incidents are on the rise in Ambala City. The incidents of chain snatching have created panic among the women. The two motorcycle borne youths targeted a woman today and snatched a gold chain from her.

According to information Rama Devi, a resident of Sector 7, was about to enter her house when two youths on motorcycle appeared and one of them asked her about the address of a property dealer.

All of a sudden the youths snatched hergold chain.

The woman attempted to catch him but they managed to flee. The matter was reported to the police immediately. Pawan Sharma, SHO, Baldev Nagar Police Station, rushed to the spot and the entire area was cordoned off but the police failed to get any clue of the snatchers.

Earlier, on Wednesday two motorcyclists had snatched the purse of a woman at Ambala City. Several chain snatching incidents have taken place at Ambala Cantonment during the last two months.



Rice millers call off strike
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 11
The week-long indefinite strike by the rice millers of the district in protest against the new custom milling policy of the Government was called off after a meeting between the representatives of the rice millers with Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, Minister for Food and Civil Supply, in Chandigarh today.

The minister accepted most of their demands and the rice millers have started procuring paddy and storing paddy procured by various Government agencies.

Surjit Singh Sahi, spokesman of Rice Millers Association, said they had withdrawn their strike as Adesh Partap Singh Kairon had accepted their major demand to waive bank guarantee worth Rs 30 lakh, which was to be furnished by the millers having capacity of one tonne.

He said the minister had also accepted that no interest would be recovered from the millers if they failed to supply rice till March 31 and the date had been pushed to June 30 . The Government had also agreed to pay rent on the crates to be used for storing paddy of various government agencies, he added. 



Two arrested for murder
Our Correspondent

Kalka, October 11
The Pinjore police has arrested two persons in connection of a murder case today. According sources, out of three accused Kishori and Baldev have been arrested while the third accused Sohan Lal is still at large. Notably, on October 6, Gian Chand, a relative of Raj Kumar of Dakhrokh Mauli village was on his way to meet his relatives when the three accused Kishori, Baldev and Sohan met him as they were hunting in the nearby forest.

During the hunting one of the bullet fired by them hit Gian Chand , who died on the spot. The three accused had hidden the dead body in the forest. The police had recovered the decomposed body of the deceased from the forest of Mallah. Rajkumar, relative of the decease, had lodged an FIR, following which the police had registered a case



Youth hurt in brawl at discotheque
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
A BA final-year student of Panjab University was injured after he was attacked with swords by a group of youths on Wednesday night outside Tao Lounge in Sector 26.
Amarinder, hailing from Gidderbaha, who is one of the five alleged accused, has been arrested whereas four others are still at large.

The police said, Nitish, a Panchkula resident, entered into an altercation with five youths, including Amarinder and Harpreet, over an issue of dancing with a girl.

The police stated that Nitish was thrashed following the altercation outside the discotheque. The police got the information at about 2 am about the incident.

Police officials stated that the youths first entered into a scuffle inside the lounge at around 11.30 pm following which they were moved out of the club. Later, on when Nitish came out of the club he was attacked by the youths.

The victim was attacked with a sword by the boys who were waiting for him outside the lounge. The victim has injuries on his head and has been admitted in a hospital.

A city based businessman who was waiting outside the lounge for his friends saw the boys beating him and called up the police control room. Meanwhile, a case of rioting and attempt to murder has been registered at the Sector 26 police station. The police after arresting one of the accused has launched a hunt for the others.



Heroin worth Rs 5 crore seized
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 11
In a major catch, the local police today arrested two drug dealers- one a foreign national and another a resident of Baghrian village, Amritsar - and recovered 2 kg of heroin (worth Rs five crore), USD 19,600, and Rs 20,000 in cash from their possession here today.

The accused have been identified as Michael Chukks (34), a Nigerian, presently staying at Phase 3B2, and Balwinder Singh (42) from Baghrian village. Balwinder Singh is said to be working for two notorious smugglers Swarn Singh and Shivinder Singh, both residents of Amritsar.

Giving details, Mohali SSP GS Bhullar said that Balwinder Singh today came to deliver the consignment to Michael Chukks when the police team nabbed the duo red handed near a park at Phase 3B2.

"During interrogation of the accused, it came to light that the drug has been smuggled from across the border and this was not the first time, the Nigerian was getting the consignment. The US dollars and Rs 20,000, which have been recovered from Chukks, were meant to clear some old payment," said SSP Bhullar.

Chukks, who had stayed in Delhi earlier, is said to have confessed that he used to sell the drug to other foreign nationals, mainly Nigerians. To conceal his nefarious activities, Chukks would tell people that he was dealing in auto spare parts business, said the police.

Today, Balwinder Singh brought the booty in a bag of clothes. The police added that Swarn Singh and Shivinder Singh were notorious smugglers of Amritsar and there were several such cases against them there.

"Investigations are on and we are trying to get the names of others involved with these smugglers," said SSP Bhullar.

The police has registered a case under Sections 21,61,85 of the NDPS Act against the accused.



Rape accused held, turns out to be minor
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 11
The local police nabed the fifth accused, who is a minor and student of class XII, for raping a 17-year-old school girl here today.
With today’s arrest, all the accused involved in the case have been arrested.

Meanwhile, Simranvir Singh alias Sunny (19) and Rajveer Singh alias Samy (21), who were arrested yesterday in this connection were produced in the court today. Both have been sent to one-day remand under police custody.

The accused had raped the victim in Teur village near Kharar. Jaspreet Singh, who was known to the girl, had taken her there on pretext of dropping her to her school on his motorcycle.

The police had already arrested Jaspreet Singh and Jagpreet Singh, both residents of Mundi, Kharar, on Saturday in this connection.

A case under Sections 376 G, 363 and 366 A has been registered against the accused at Kharar Police Station (Sadar).



12 venues given to private firm on concessional rates
UT sports dept suffered revenue loss of more than Rs 1 lakh
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
The UT sports department has provided 12 sports venues on concession rates, to a private firm, under the patronage of Chandigarh Olympics Association (COA) for the four-day Mini Olympics. The organiser has submitted a total of Rs 31,000 instead of submitting commercial usage charges of above Rs 1, 30,000.

With this, the UT Sports department has suffered a total revenue loss of more than Rs 1 lakh. The COA is already facing flak for supporting a private firm in making quick money. Earlier, it was reported in same columns that Schoolzworld.com was charging hefty amount as entry fee from the players. Notably, the tournament or its certificates hold no value. JPS Sidhu, Deputy Director, UT sports department, said the concession was given after receiving a written-request on the letter head of the COA. However, it is clearly written in the letter that the COA in collaboration with Schoolzworld.com, is organising the games. “We just provided them with fewer rates after getting a written request from the COA.” said JPS Sidhu. But when asked, that the letter clearly mentions about the collaboration of a private firm and the COA has no direct role he said, “I don’t know. I will check it up”. On the department’s approach in allotting the special rates, he gave the same answer but failed to explain, the department’s duty to check weather the party was genuine or not. On giving permission to put banners and flexes of sponsors, in the arena, he added, “I don’t know about other venues but at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, the backdrop of the stage has sponsor’s name” said Sidhu.

The finance-cum- sports secretary VK Singh said, “I will look into the matter. The associations are entitled to get discounts but if the special rates are provided to a private firm directly or indirectly, I will take action on it .”



Baichung to open football training centre in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11
There is a good news for football fans in the Tricity. Ace India footballer Baichung Bhutia is set to start a training centre at the Shivalik Public School in Phase 6, Mohali, from October 15. The players will be trained on alternate days (Mon, Wed, Fri) from 4pm to 6pm at the centre and practice matches will be held on weekends (Saturday or Sunday).

Portuguese coach Jose Tavares, who is also a former Portuguese footballer, will hold workshops throughout the week, along with head coach Surjit Singh of the Chandigarh centre. This is the first such private initiative in the city .

Bhaichung had visited Chandigarh a few months ago. Head coach Surjit Singh said, “We are trying to tap talent at the grass root level. We have very good young footballers who we believe can make it to the national level.” It is still unclear whether the former India captain will be in the city to inaugurate the centre but officials confirmed that he will visit the center soon after it becomes operational.



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